Anthony Chen's debut feature film Ilo Ilo which Zhe did
sound design and Re-Recording mixing, won Camera d'Or - Best First
Feature film - at Cannes 2013!!Jury president, the legendary Agnes
Varda, talked about the film soundtrack :"There's no music
in the film, we liked it a lot..(The film) was like chamber music...
It is a very delicate, intelligent, well-controlled film..."
It seems that our decision to create the entire world and mood with
only sound design is a good one. Read reviews on Variety,
Studio Group, and the Association
of Motion Picture Sound 10 June 2013. Watch
Ilo Ilo trailer
08/2012, Zhe finished sound design
and mix on a documentary feature film A World Not Ours
(dir. Mahdi Fleifel). The film has won
the highest prize at Edinburgh Film Festival 2013- Best Film
in the International Competition. Before that it has also won Peace
Film Award at Berlin International Film Festival 2013, was Offically
Selected for Toronto Internation Film Festival 2012 and has won
numerious awards worldwide. Zhe has got a special mention on the
Magazine review for her "first-rate" sound work on
the film. Watch A
World Not Ours trailer here.
08/2011, Zhe worked as Sound Designer
and Mixer on Stephen Irwin's new animation short film Moxie.
The film has been shown in more than 80 film festivals woldwide,
won numerous awards, including the 2011 Nelvana GRAND PRIZE for
Best Independent Short Animation at the Ottawa International Animation
Festival, Best British Film at London Internation Animation Festival
and Official Selection for Sundance Film Festival 2012.
complete film here.
06/2012, The Pub (dir. Joseph
Pierce) which Zhe has worked as Sound Mixer, has won Best Experimental/Animation
Short at the LA Film Festival. Here's something nice they've got
to say about the film, "a haunting portrayal of everyday life
in a bar in North London, seen through the eyes of a lonely bartender.
At times, striking beautiful and at times, terrifyingly grotesque,
the imaginative and exquisite use of animation gives the film its
depth and opens up a door into the humanity of the regular characters
of this joint — loners, drunks, old-timers — letting
us peak for an instant into their souls and the demons that hover
The Pub the complete film here.
12/2011, Experimental animation
feature film Babeldom (dir. Paul Bush) received Official
Selection for Internation Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. Zhe worked
as Sound recordist, editor and mixer for this film. The film has
recently received a UK theatrical release. Here are a list of reviews:
on Sound Mar 2013, the
White Lies. Watch
03-11/2011, Zhe worked as Sound
Effects Editor on Aardman Animations' new 52-Episode animation series
an episode The
01/2011, Zhe worked as Diologue
Editor on Feature fiction film UFO in Her Eyes. The film enters
Official Selection in Toronto International Film Festival 2011 and
received cinema release in Germany, Belguim and Switzerland. Watch
10/2010, Feature film Tangled
Up in Blue (dir. Haider Rashid) for which Zhe worked as Supervising
Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer, gets UK limited theatrical release.
The film has also won the second prize for Best Film at the Gulf
Film Festival 2010 in Dubai and then went on to be selected for
the Seoul, Mumbai, Cairo, Florence and Rome Med Film Festival. Watch
09/2010, Feature film Perestroika
(dir. Sarah Turner) for which Zhe worked as re-recording mixer,
gets theatrical release. Perestroika is also the "Film
of the Month" on Sight and Sound Magazine's October
excerpt here. Read reviews here: BFI,
05/2010, In the 14th Royal Television
Society (RTS) Student Awards, Brixton 85 and Yellow
Belly End )- for both Zhe provided sound post for, won Best
Fiction and Best Animation awards. Zhe provided sound post for 6
(out of 12) nominated films in all four categories.
Watch Yellow Belly End the
complete film here
04/2010, In the British Animation
Awards(BAA), Zhe provided sound post production for 2 (out of 3)
nominated films in the Best Student film category, in which
Yellow Belly End (dir, Phil Bacon) eventually won the award.
01/2010, BBC Radio 4 decided they
wanted to create a new format for drama, something for the iPod
generation – a moving story in bite-size chunks that could
work as a single piece on broadcast radio or be downloaded as individual
tracks. The result was the first ever ‘Radio Drama concept
album,’ Postcards from a Cataclysm'. Zhe was chosen to provided
sound design for the experimental piece of radio. The project received
overwhelmingly positive feedback.
to one of the tracks Amazing
Zhe Wu is a freelance
Sound Designer / Editor and Re-recording mixer.
She received a Best Sound nomination
from the British Animation Awards (BAA) and two Golden Reel Awards'
Verna Fields nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)
in Los Angeles. She has also spoken about her sound works at the
London Film Festival, London International Animation Festival and
the Aubagne International Film Festival for sound and music in France.
When starting a project, her first
aim is to try and "hear" the director's vision (the final
mix) in her head. With her creative and technical mastery of sound
post-production, she then tries to develop this vision through a
lot of experiments and original recordings. She believes that good
sound design comes from the mastery of emotion, timing, drama, music,
poetry and the sensitivity for the subtle nuances that makes the
difference, with support of technical means.
Zhe always tries to practice the
principle: ‘whatever the smallest thing you do, always do
it to the extreme with your best effort.’ She believes this
is the reason for the high standard of work she produces.
She delivers her passion for sound
in a very calm, patient and organised way of working. This enables
an open, relaxed and enjoyable work atmosphere for people who work